The Astros will recall Brett Oberholtzer to make today’s start against the Boston Red Sox. A corresponding roster move has yet to be announced. David Martinez, who pitched three scoreless innings on Friday, has to be considered the top candidate for a trip back to AAA.
After getting off to a slow start with the big club, Oberholtzer has spent recent weeks shuttling up and down between Houston and Oklahoma City. The lefty, who began the season as the Astros #3 starter, has drawn praise from manager Bo Porter for bolstering the rotation in times of need.
"He’s done a tremendous job. He has the right mindset that comes with being able to understand where we are as a team and the times we’ve needed to plug him in. I’ve told him, he’s saved us a lot of times when we needed to bring that guy up to keep our bullpen in good condition. He’s delivered quality start after quality start. MLB.com"
Oberholtzer will step in for Collin McHugh today. McHugh is still experiencing problems with a blister on his pitching hand. Porter has also announced some minor adjustments to his starting rotation that will be made after the All-Star break. Scott Feldman will stay in the #1 position and start Friday against the White Sox. Dallas Keuchel will be moved up to the #2 spot and will start next Saturday. Jarred Cosart slots in at #3 and gets the ball next Sunday.
After an off day on Monday the 21st, the Astros will see if McHugh is ready to return. If not, expect Oberholtzer to get the start in Oakland. Brad Peacock stays in the #5 spot and will face his former team on Tuesday the 23rd.